Landlords who own apartment complexes or other forms of residential rental properties provide necessary housing for people from all walks of life. In many ways, complying with the complex regulations that apply to residential property management in the Detroit area is complex. Anti-discrimination laws and rules that seem to limit landlords in securing agreements with residents are not always as clear-cut as they should be. In other situations, discriminatory practices may seem fairly obvious and easier to avoid for a proactive landlord.
Many landlord-tenant disputes, and even claims of discrimination in renting, can erupt when a disgruntled tenant or applicant makes some sort of complaint - either directly to the landlord or property manager, or externally. However, city or state officials may act without a complaint to search for reasons to investigate residential landlords. A recent story in the Detroit Free Press highlights how a landlord's potential misunderstand of local regulations can lead to significant legal problems.